Camo Girl

Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been the weird kid in their class He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate and public fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight Z s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both Z doSet in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been the weird kid in their class He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate and public fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight Z s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both Z doesn t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group of friends, even though most of the class makes fun of her Ella s mother is black and her father now deceased was white, and she s the only black girl in their sixth grade class When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella, because they are now the only two black kids in class But Bailey is popular popular enough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends but only if she stops hanging out with Z Ella s faced with a difficult decision remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years, or pass up the opportunity to be one of the popular kids that she has always longed to be.
Camo Girl Set in a suburb of Las Vegas Ella and Zachary called Z have been friends forever but Z has always been the weird kid in their class He collects stubby pencils plays chess and maintains an elabor

  • Title: Camo Girl
  • Author: Kekla Magoon
  • ISBN: 9781416978046
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Characters: Ella, Zacharie, Bailey.Conflict: Ella has skin that is different shades in some places and is supposedly "ugly". Zacharie, or Z, lives in a fantasy world where everything is magical and unreal. Suddenly a new kid comes along and shows shows something to Ella that has never happened to her before.Authors writing: It puts you on the side of the person being laughed at than the person laughing. It shows you the responsibility of having a best friend that doesn't come back to reality oft [...]

    2. Have you ever had to make a decision that would benefit you but hurt the person that you love the most? Well this is what happened to the main character of this story named Ella. The genre of this story is realistic fiction because the events that happened to Ella and the other characters can happen to anyone in real life. Overall, this was an amazing story with a lot of lessons. The author tried adding a twist to make it entertaining yet meaningful at the same time. The setting of this book is [...]

    3. Ella has been constantly bullied. Most of the bullying has been because of her face with different colors of brown. The common bully, Jonathan Hoffman, calls her "camo-face" or "came-girl." The other bullying is because she hangs out with a boy named "Z" who imagines reality into a fairytale. But that all changes when Bailey comes to school.Bailey is the only other black kid, and in his company, Ella feels that she finally has a hot at being normal. However, Z and Bailey clash. As Z hates Bailey [...]

    4. The author of The Rock and the River returns with another amazing book. Ella is not part of the popular crowd at school. In fact, she is the lowest of the low. Teased by about her uneven skin coloring, some of her classmates call her Camo Face, Ella has trouble even looking at herself in the mirror. She has her best friend, Z, who has been her friend for many years, but Z is getting stranger and stranger, losing himself in stories and roles. Now there is a new boy at school, a boy who doesn’t [...]

    5. Grades: 4-7Awards: Caudill list 2016Ella and Z have been friends for a long time. They are both outcasts in their Las Vegas suburban town. Ella is biracial and has a skin condition, hence the name the kids call her at school: Camo-girl. It is never explained what exactly Z is suffering from, but he is clearly suffering from a psychological disorder that causes him to live through a fantasy world. Ella's world changes when Bailey moves to town. Suddenly there is another African American in school [...]

    6. Camo Girl is about sixth graders Ella and Z that have been friends since 3rd or 4th grade. Z has always been the weird kid at school, but Ella has always been a friend to him. When a new boy moves to town, one thing sparks between Ella and Bailey, the new kid. They’re both black. Ella and Bailey’s racial identity is a strong element to this book. Bailey’s popularity can help expand Ella’s social side and help her make more friends, but nothing is more important to her than her relationsh [...]

    7. Ellie and Z are best friends bonded by being different and thus the target of a school bully. Z lives in an imaginary world while Ellie, the only African American at her school, has a mottled commplexion and is known as "camo girl." When new student Baily James arrives at school, Ellie is no longer the only African American. She and Baily forge a friendship that Z is not at all comfortable with. While Ellie like having a new friend and being accepted at the cools kids table, she feels an obligat [...]

    8. In this story Ella has mixed skin. She thinks she has everything figured out with Z her friend. Her x friend dose'nt hang out with her much. But all of that changes when Baily the new kid in school takes a fancy in her. She thinks she can handle the both of them. When she just relized whats always been there. Z is not totally ok. Z hates Baily for taking away Ella. The author wrote an incredible story. Packed with some lies a little adventure and knights.

    9. When I read this book, it gave me an ache in my heart. Not because I was reading about a great and terrible love, but because how much I could relate to it.The bullying, the self-confidence, the race issue, trying to be popular, accepting you aren't pretty but maybe attractive to someone. This book, is so well-crafted. If only I had found this four years ago

    10. Great story and a lot of events that occur which make the story interesting. Ella, also known as Eleanor, is a very nurturing friend who cares deeply about Z. Both of whom have had unfortunate things happen to them at an young age.

    11. One Sentence Review: Magoon goes contemporary and gritty with this moving portrait of a girl who wants to fit in but can't abandon the only friend she had when she was unpopular.

    12. Typical coming of age/multi cultural book. There was a lot (maybe too much) going on in Ella's life that made her tricky to relate to as a character.

    13. When I read Kekla Magoon's How It All went Down this past May, I could not stop talking (and posting) about the novel and its the provocative storyline and multiple perspectives. I have even suggested it for a Law & Literature course. Today I read Camo Girl, another important story, written for readers in Grades 5 and up. Ella and Z are sixth-grade outcasts and they are best friends. But they are not best friends because they are outcasts; they are there to support each other--no questions a [...]

    14. It seems that Eleanor (that's not her real name) has found a way to cope with the death of her father but it involves cutting herself off from her friends, hiding behind a physical difference that was never a problem before, and escaping into the make believe world of a friend who cannot function in reality. So is she really coping? Add to the mix an interesting new boy in school who makes reality seem worthwhile again and wants to be her friend. Can she go back to the real world? How will her f [...]

    15. The writing in this book is so vibrant and you can help but connect to the characters despite their flaws. Giving voice to biracial children is so important, this story is a must read for any person wanting to get enlightenment about young girls living in current times.

    16. Ella and Zachary have been known as the “weird kids” in their class. Everything is the same until a new kid named Bailey appears in Ella’s class. Bailey is the most popular kid in the school and creates a bond with Ella. However, if she wants to go with Bailey, she has to leave Zachary behind. What will happen next? Read to find out!

    17. Great book! Reminded me of Freak the Mighty. Such poignant moments of insight about grief, familial stress, friendship and bullying.

    18. I thought this was a really interesting book, and that Kekla Magoon has grown so much as a writer from The Rock And The River. I think my favorite thing about it is that it tackles a lot of really tricky subjects I have rarely seen handled in children's literature. I mean, I've seen books that have talked about mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder, but the little nuances of these situations were so true to life and handled so well--like the defensiveness, the weight that Ella felt in [...]

    19. Z is different because he has a great imagination. Ella is different because she’s the only black student in the school. All they have is each other, the only two at a table in the cafeteria and no other kids to walk with after school. There used to be three of them, but, Millie, the girl they grew up with, went her own way after grade school and found a place among the popular crowd in middle school. Z doesn’t care about being popular, but Ella wouldn’t mind sitting with the popular kids [...]

    20. When I saw the title for the book I assumed I would be reading the story of a girl from a military family. But that is not what Camo Girl is. The camouflage in this book is both the pigment condition Ella has which causes her to have differently-pigmented shades of skin on her face AND the idea of being hidden from sight in a deeper way from the inside out. How do we hide from the reality in our lives that hurt or seem to hard to look at?Ella is in middle school and has resigned herself to being [...]

    21. Ella has recently started the 6th grade and everything has changed. Before Ella was best friends with Zachary and Millie. Now Millie has moved on, leaving Ella and Zachary to be the outcast. Both are teased for different reasons. Ella because she's the only Black girl in her class. The taunts are worse because Ella has white splotches on her face. Some of Ella's classmates call her camo face. Zachary is picked on for always creating imaginary worlds. Sometimes Ella plays along. Zachary becomes Z [...]

    22. Camo Girl so perfectly captures the tension of friendship and the budding awareness of social hierarchy in late elementary/early middle school. Ella and her best friend Z are what I would call young. They aren’t quite ready to join the fracas of their peers stratifying, but Ella at least isn’t immune to the pull of popularity.Add to this that Z has a difficult home situation that has driven him into a rich fantasy world. And Ella has what sounds like vitiligo, which causes the skin to look m [...]

    23. A relevant drama about changing relationships in middle school.Recommended grade level: 4-7Pages: 224 (for ISBN 9781416978046)Genre(s) and keywords: realistic fiction, diverse, African-AmericanTone/Style: thoughtfulPace: moderateTopics: skin conditions, make believe, coping with trauma, conflict with friends, embarrassment over friends, new friendsThemes: loyalty to friends with whom you no longer relate vs. finding new friends, dealing with a friend who is a social outcast, racial other-ness, f [...]

    24. Sixth-grader Ella Cartwright only has one friend, Z. Z is an outcast, bullied every day for the weird way he talks and his poverty (he and his mother secretly live at the Wal-Mart where she works). Z doesn't know, or blocks out, that he is being bullied. Ella feels it is her duty to protect him, and to stay with Z, since she is an outcast too, ever since the school bully notices her "camo face"--some kind of skin discoloration that isn't described fully--and starts to mock her in school. In addi [...]

    25. This is the story of Ella & her friend Z. They are both outsiders at school. Ella is an outsider because she has Vitiligo, a skin condition that leaves white patches on her black skin. The mean kids at school call her Camo Girl because her face looks like camouflage. Her friend Z is an outsider because he acts so weird. He is always pretending he is a knight or a spy & he has trouble connecting in reality. Z and his mom are secretly living in the Walmart store she works in. When a new bo [...]

    26. Camo GirlKekla MagoonMain Characters-Ella (Ellie-nor)- a kind girl who always takes it upon herself to care for her friends. Zachariah (Z) - An outcast to the others at school, often teased, different. Bailey- a popular boy at school of which Ella has taken a liking to, especially because they’re both black.Genre- Realistic fictionConflict- Ella is having trouble relating to both Bailey and Z, causing Z to be unhappy and her to feel unkind.My Rating-3 out of 5 starsWhy- I gave Camo Girl this r [...]

    27. THE ROCK AND THE RIVER by Kekla Magoon is one of my favorite books. I recently have seen readers mentioning CAMO GIRL and decided to check it out.Ella, Z, and Millie were close friends in elementary school. Things have changed recently for Z, and Ella finds herself his sole friend. As seventh grade begins, Millie starts steering clear of Ella and Z. She sits next to Ella on the bus, but once they arrive at school, Millie joins another circle of friends.Ella has always been Z's defender. He refer [...]

    28. As usual, the Newbery contenders are the books I wouldn't normally read but when I do, I'm always impressed. I love books that are able to truly understand the 5th and 6th grade years and all the ambiguity that goes with the desire to keep childhood friendships while gaining teenage ones, the first beginnings of navigating potential romance, and all the uncertainty of knowing where one fits in to a world that used to be so familiar. Magoon shows a deep understanding of this age, as her heroine E [...]

    29. I loved this book! What can I say? It's emotional realismright up my alley. I'm a sucker for books about kids who march to a different drummer while striving to survive in school/society. I believe this book has a chance at Newbery honors because it is unique, I believe, in having a main character with self-esteem issues due to her mottled coloration of her face and another character who at first (by the intent of the author) comes across as funny/quirky (we see him through the eyes of Ella, his [...]

    30. Beginning 6th grade can be a nightmare for some kids. The nightmare is usually reserved for the unpopular, the awkward, the different. Ella and Z are the poster kids for the adolescent nightmare of middle school, unpopular, awkward and different. Ella is a narrator that many of us formerly "left out" kids can relate to. The hair that won't lay down right, the used to be best friends that are now the "popular kids" and the parents/grandparents that try to convince you of your greatness when every [...]

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